UMBC Men’s Soccer Squad Receives NSCAA Academic Honor

15870094955_8999c112ed_zUMBC red-shirt sophomore goalkeeper Billy Heavner earned the inaugural America East Conference Elite 18 Award, honoring student-athletes who exemplify excellence both in their sport and in the classroom. The awards were presented at the conclusion of the league’s six fall championships

The Elite 18 Award Program was established by the conference in June 2013 for implementation in the 2014-15 academic year to honor the highest achievement in academics and athletics by a student-athlete in each America East sponsored sport.

Heavner maintains a perfect 4.00 GPA while majoring in financial economics. He took over the starting position mid-season and has posted a record of 10-1-2, leading the Retrievers to the third round of the NCAA Championships. Heavner is currently eighth in the nation in save percentage (84.3%) and 11 th in goals against average (0.59).

Moreover, both the UMBC men’s and women’s soccer teams earned NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2013-14 academic year.

Across the nation and throughout all divisions, a total of 861 soccer teams (279 men, 582 women) posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher, thereby earning the distinction. Of that total, 188 schools had both their men’s and women’s programs recognized, including both Pete Caringii’s and Leslie Wray’s squads.

The men posted a grade-point average of 3.08, while the women recorded a mark of 3.46.

Lorine Dabeck, Learning Resources Center, on The Dr. Oz Show


Image from The Dr. Oz Show

Lorine Dabeck, Learning Resources Center, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show on Wednesday, November 25 to discuss the effects of caregiving on health.

Dabeck joined Dr. Oz and author Mel Robbins to share her experiences of being the primary caretaker for her father, while juggling professional and personal responsibilities. Dabeck also wrote a post for The Dr. Oz Show blog, recounting how she learned to care for herself. “I have organized my life to take care of my dad, assist my children, assist my husband, be a good colleague to my coworkers and still find time for myself,” she wrote. “This is an exciting journey and I am looking forward to where this path is taking me.”

Click here to watch Dabeck on The Dr. Oz Show and here to read “How Lorine Learned to Take Care of Herself.”

Zane Berge, Education, Wins Prestigious Association for Educational Communications and Technology Awards

Zane BergeZane Berge, professor of education, has won two prestigious Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) awards. Berge was named the winner of the Distance Education Book Award, which is given for the outstanding book published within the last three years that describes important aspects of distance education, theory, or examples that can help others involved in distance education or research on an important aspect of distance education. The award-winning book Handbook of Mobile Learning (Routledge 2013) was co-edited by Berge and his colleague at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Lin Muilenburg. For more information, click here.

Berge also received the Distance Learning Division Journal Article Award for his publication “Barriers to Communication in Distance Education,” published in the Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education (January 2013). The article describes how improvements in distance education technology have lead to opportunities to overcome barriers to ineffective communication and the complexity of those barriers faced by participants.

The awards were announced earlier this month during the Distance Learning Division luncheon at the AECT annual conference.

Tom Beck, Library, Speaks at the Library of Congress

Tom Beck, Chief Curator, Library & Gallery, recently spoke at the Library of Congress commemorating the photographs of David Seymour. He is a biographer of the famous photographer who in 1947 co-founded Magnum Photos with Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and George Rodger. Magnum Photos is the internationally important photojournalist’s cooperative whose members are among the finest photographers in the world.

The Library of Congress program occurred on the 103rd anniversary of the birth of Seymour and celebrated the donation of 112 of Seymour photographs to the Library of Congress.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation, Marketing and Creative Services Win NODA Award

nodaawardNODA, the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education, recently held their annual conference in Orlando, FL.

UMBC, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation, Marketing and Creative Services won for Best Family Calendar/Handbook for mid-size institutions. The calendar was distributed to all incoming freshman and transfer parents and family members this summer. The Publications & Media Showcase awards highlight the best of the promotional materials submitted for the 2014 orientation season.

Roy Meyers, Political Science, Inducted into National Academy of Public Administration Fellowship Program

Photo Courtesy National Academy of Public Administration

Photo Courtesy National Academy of Public Administration

Earlier this month at the National Academy of Public Administration annual meeting, Political Science Professor Roy Meyers was inducted as a new fellow for the organization. The Academy is an independent, non-profit organization that assists government leaders to build more transparent, efficient, and effective organizations.

The fellowship program includes prominent scholars, former members of Congress, cabinet officers, governors, business executives, and public administrators who provide valuable insight and support, guidance to the organization, and address emerging policy issues while contributing to intellectual and popular discourse on government.

Meyers was formerly a principal analyst with the Budget Analysis Division in the U.S. Congressional Budget Office. For Meyers’ biography page on the Academy website, click here. To read more about the National Academy of Public Administration fellowship program, click here.

Lia Purpura, English, in The New Yorker, Orion Magazine

English Writer in Residence Lia Purpura is featured in the November 24 edition of The New Yorker. The magazine published her poem “Study with Melon.” You can read the poem in The New Yorker by clicking here. The full text of the poem is below:

Lia Purpura

Study with Melon

The stem end of a melon
is weblike, form
finding a pattern
that’s thinking itself
a density
a concentration
beginning a line
then casting it out
and moving on from,
an order established,
a gesture complete.
Completion: how
someone at a distance
might see it.

In addition, Purpura’s essay “In The Despoiled and Radiant Now” appears in the November/December issue of Orion Magazine.